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Hanoi may extend late night hours

Released at: 14:13, 11/08/2016

Hanoi may extend late night hours

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Move may come under plans for tourism sector to 2020.

by Duy Anh

Hanoi may soon deregulate the closing time of entertainment venues, Chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung told the National Conference on Tourism Development in the central city of Hoi An on August 9.

With a target of attracting 30 million visitors in 2020 the People’s Committee plans to turn the capital’s tourism into a spearhead economic sector.

“The city currently regulates the closure of entertainment venues at midnight,” he said. “Many foreign tourists believe nightlife is a ‘specialty’ of Hanoi so we are reviewing the regulation so that they can enjoy entertainment later in the evening.”

The idea has been discussed by the People’s Committee and plans have been set for Hanoi to become a safe, friendly, and attractive destination for foreign tourists, becoming a major tourism center of the country in particular and Southeast Asia in general.

It will also build 1,000 new public toilets next month, Mr. Chung added, which will be sponsored by the Vinasing Media and Trading Joint Stock Company. Sponsorship includes providing the 1,000 public toilets and ten Hyundai tank trucks.

In return, Vinasing will be able to advertise on certain pedestrian and motor vehicle bridges for ten years. It will also be responsible for the maintenance of the bridges.

Hanoi aims to have 30 million tourist arrivals in 2020, of which 5.7 million are international tourists, representing annual growth of 8 to 10 per cent. Total revenue from tourism in 2020 is targeted at VND120 trillion ($5.4 billion), for 15-17 per cent annual growth. Occupancy at hotels is expected to reach 60 to 65 per cent. All employees in the tourism sector are to be fully trained.

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